Thursday, April 27, 2023

In this week's N4N:

  • Message from the Meeting Haus: Sean Kessler
  • A Popular Program is Back! - Marie Logothetis
  • Contribute to Columbus' Parking Plan for GV - Tim Bibler
  • Save the Date! Caretaker Awards - May 18th
  • Haus und Garten PreTour - Patron Tickets on Sale Now!
  • April/May GVS Meeting Haus Schedule
  • German Village Community: Announcements & Ads

Lots to look forward to… 

Sean Kessler | Executive Director  


There is a lot to be excited about in the coming months in German Village. Flowers and trees are blooming, families are on the final stretch for the school year and soon, summer event season will be upon us. The German Village Farmer’s Market finds its new home in the GVS Platz and along Third Street starting next Saturday, and we are excited to announce the On the Bricks Art and Music Festival coming in August. But first, we are deep into Haus und Garten's planning and are so excited for June! Patron tickets are available now! Early access Pre-Tour dinner tickets go on sale for our members at the Mason level or above starting May 10th – look for an email with a link in your inbox soon. General tickets to the Haus und Garten Tour Weekend will go on sale on May 12th.


If you would like to be on the planning committee for the On the Bricks Art and Music Festival, please reach out to Michael Cornelis at If you loved or used to volunteer for the former event known as Art Crawl or you are just looking for a great volunteer opportunity, this new event is right up your alley, and we would love to have you join us! 


Finally, MEMBERSHIP! If you are not a member of GVS please consider joining. If you are a member, please consider increasing your membership to the next level. We certainly appreciate all our members and German Village visitors (NO- you don’t have to be a resident to be a member!). Without our members, we couldn’t continue to advocate for the preservation of German Village or bring these great events to you. 


A Popular Program is Back!

Marie Logothetis | Brick Sidewalk Committee Member

The German Village Society's Brick Sidewalk Committee is delighted to share some good news concerning our ongoing efforts to engage the entire neighborhood in the preservation, repair, and maintenance of German Village’s brick sidewalks.

We are pleased to announce the resumption of the Brick Sidewalk Grant program. This initiative, established in 2017, has awarded to date $13,400 with 22 homeowners receiving grant funding. The program was suspended in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, thanks to the dedicated efforts of GVS staff and Sidewalk Committee volunteers, a grant in the amount of $10,000 was secured from the Gordon Chandler Memorial Fund for historic preservation at the Columbus Foundation in late 2022. This funding along with $3,000 from a generous anonymous donor allows for the reactivation of this important and popular initiative. Many thanks and kudos for everyone’s efforts in making this come to pass.

For those who are unfamiliar with the grant program, this initiative is designed to provide financial assistance to homeowners embarking on sidewalk repairs. While many German Village sidewalks are in excellent condition, others pose safety and accessibility challenges. Here is a brief overview of the program:

  • Both members and non-members of the German Village Society can apply. Renters are encouraged to share information about the program with their landlords who can then apply.

  • The repairs made must comply with design guidelines and do require a Certificate of Appropriateness from the German Village Commission.

  • Applicants are eligible for an award of $500 for brick-to-brick repairs or $700 for concrete-to-brick conversion.

  • All applications submitted are subject to review by a volunteer-led Brick Sidewalks Grant Committee.

  • Location, pedestrian traffic, and degree of deterioration will determine the applicant's eligibility to receive sidewalk repair funding.

The brick sidewalks of German Village serve a vital role, marrying an aesthetic appeal that contributes to the distinctive character of the neighborhood with their function as the very pathways that connect neighbors and sustain community. We are excited to see the resumption of this important work that aligns so closely with the mission of the German Village Society.

Applications and more information can be found online at

Opportunity to Contribute to City's Parking Management Plan

Tim Bibler | Board of Trustees & Parking Committee Chair

Here is an additional opportunity to express your thoughts regarding parking and mobility in the German Village area.  

The following link is to a map showing what was learned from the public meeting kickoff for the German Village Parking Management Plan on April 4th.


The stickers and Post-it notes are represented by color-coded points on the map. Clicking on the points will display the comment from the meeting. Additional comments can be added by clicking ‘Post comment’ in the upper right-hand corner of the website. 

Here is the link: 

Please note that this information will be used as one guide when the Division of Mobility and Parking does its comprehensive study.

To view more information about the City's Parking Plan for German Village, including a timeline for the study, area maps, virtual permitting information, and more visit German Village Parking Plan (

Marathon this Saturday, April 29th

The Capital City Half Marathon is this Saturday, and a portion of the course runs through German Village. A few streets will be closed beginning Friday, April 28th at 5 pm through Sat. April 29th. Please check the list of closures and times here, before you venture out.

All information about the marathon can be found at OhioHealth Capital City Half & Quarter Marathon » OhioHealth Capital City Half & Quarter Marathon (

The start time of the race is 8:00 am. The racers will be heading down Third Street towards Reinhard Ave get out and cheer them on!

Save the Date!

The Annual Caretaker Awards will be held during

Preservation Month on

Thursday, May 18th at the Meeting Haus

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Want to be a Patron for this year's H&G tour?

Tickets are on Sale Now!

We can't put on this signature GVS event without the generous support of sponsors and patrons.

For $350, you get first dibs on your choice of private dinners, sponsorship recognition, enjoy the cocktail hour, and of course preview all the homes and gardens. Become a Patron here!

View GVS Event Calendar Here

German Village Community

Announcements & Ads

Kick off the Farmer's Market Season at the Friday, May 5th Strassenwagen Markt!

588 S. Third St.

Help us celebrate the German Village Farmers Market's new home, at the GVS Meeting Haus, with a street food festival! Great trucks, local beer, and farmers' market vendors.


Enjoy dinner or treats from participating vendors!

Zaki’s Grill, Mangiamo Italian Street Food, Tito’s Asian Kitchen, Trading n Coffee, Machete Taqueria, Cotton Sugar (cart), and Drank Tank (cold brew and kombucha- cart). Beer for sale from Parsons North and Wolf’s Ridge Brewing.

If you are interested in being part of this fun neighborhood event volunteers are needed to help sell drink tickets from 5:30-9 pm, interested? Please reach out to Carol Ross.


Your membership sustains the German Village Society and supports our mission of preservation, advocacy, and community.

Thank you for your continued support!

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